In the Sunda Strait, India and Indonesia started a three-day massive naval exercise on Monday, reflecting their increasing maritime cooperation.
The Indian Navy’s two frontline warships, Shivalik and Kadmatt, were deployed for the third iteration of the exercise ‘Samudra Shakti,’ according to officials.
On Saturday, the two ships landed in Jakarta. Between the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra sits the Sunda Strait.
“The exercise seeks to improve bilateral ties, mutual understanding, and interoperability in maritime operations between the two fleets,” said Commander Vivek Madhwal of the Indian Navy.
He said, “The exercise will also offer an ideal venue for sharing best practises and developing a shared understanding of maritime security operations.”
The drill also included the Indian Navy’s P8I long-range maritime surveillance aircraft.
Exercise ‘Samudra Shakti’ was designed in 2018 as a bilateral exercise in accordance with India’s Act East Policy.
“Over the past two editions, the exercise has grown in complexity and will now include the execution of sophisticated marine operations,” a Navy spokesman said.
“Under current rules, the 3rd edition of the Samudra Shakti exercise is being conducted in a COVID-safe environment, with the goal of bolstering maritime cooperation between the two fleets and forging strong friendship ties throughout the Indo Pacific,” he added.
Source: Business Standard